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Sunday, October 30, 2005

12:12:21 pm , 215 words, 3879 views     Categories: Animation, Indie

Ivan Maximov

I've been really digging the films of Ivan Maximov lately. His illustrations are great, too.

The quartet of Shuichi Kaneko, Yasushi Muraki, Hideki Kakita and Soichiro Matsuda did some great mecha work in Eureka 7 28. It was particularly nice to see some more work from Kakita, who did the memorable explosion in the second op. (Takashi Hashimoto did the roof explosions) His approach to form is unmistakable once you've seen it a few times.

I rather enjoyed Mushishi 1, and not just for Yoshihiko Umakoshi's unusually low-key but unmistakably nuanced and full animation. I'd heard about Hiroshi Nagahama before, but never could be bothered to look at the shows he did, but the directing here was quite impressive. Next year we'll get to see the story Otomofied.

There was some work in Noein 3 that reminded me of some of the better stuff I've seen so far. And overall again the quality was quite nice. Apart from Kishida, the only person I see who did KA in the op, 1 and 3 was Akira Takada, so I've got my eye on him. Fumio Matsumoto was also there, and he was at the top in 1, though I'm not familiar with his work. Seeing this ep reminded me that Jun Okuda was AD on a lot of the non-Ohira/Hashimoto Hakkenden eps.

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Random person
Random person [Visitor]

“Next year we’ll get to see the story Otomofied.”

I just looked it up - you’re right!! Cripes. I had read something vaguely about it before, but didn’t continue searching later. It’s apparently going to be live-action/CG though…

And looking at a particular entry in the Noein blog I think Jun Okuda might have done the zombie-like thing at the graveyard in ep 1…

10/30/05 @ 22:37
Ben
Ben [Visitor]

Interesting. Looks that way, doesn’t it. I suspected it was probably one of the first four people listed in ep 1 (there was a telltale space between them and the rest of the folks) and the scene where the baddie topples over in 3 reminded me a bit of the graveyard scene, but Okuda wasn’t credited with KA in 3 so I didn’t think it would be him…

10/31/05 @ 09:32
neilworms
neilworms [Visitor]

otomofied? so in other words their are going to be refrences to the 1970s anti-ANPO movement with a cynical and apocolypic view of current japanese politics…

hopefully it will be better than steamboy was :P…

11/01/05 @ 20:52
Random person
Random person [Visitor]

I wonder how good Katsuhiro Otomo is with live-action, though. Why did he decide to move to live-action, I wonder…

And on an unrelated note, Noein 4 had 8 animation directors in it…. Has a TV episode ever had that many before?
But then again, there was a suspicious difference between the preview animation for that episode and the actual animation…

11/02/05 @ 06:34
Ben
Ben [Visitor]

Otomo’s already made a live-action film, World Apartment Horror, so it’s not really unprecedented for him.

That’s certainly a lot of ADs for a single ep! I get the impression this is one of the episodes that’s paying for all the time they spent on the first episode. They must have had a really short correcting schedule.

11/02/05 @ 13:46
Random person
Random person [Visitor]

But what I’m wondering is if it sets the record for the number of animation directors for a TV series. The most I’ve seen has been 6. Sorry if it’s a frivolous question, I’m just curious.

11/02/05 @ 22:22
Random person
Random person [Visitor]

… and it seems like Okiura was in IGPX 5 (or he’s going to be in 6, I’m not sure). Here’s a gif, from one of the two I believe. Don’t know if you’ve seen ti before.

11/03/05 @ 06:13
Ben
Ben [Visitor]

No idea. Thanks for the clip.

11/03/05 @ 08:12
Manuloz
Manuloz [Visitor]

this one is from the episode #5, i have seen it on the last preview.

11/03/05 @ 11:21
Random person
Random person [Visitor]

Oh yay, Yasushi Muraki will be co-storyboarding an episode of Eureka. Finally! But that’s going to be episode 32… 30 aired last week. Aw crap, and I’ll be out of the country by then.

11/13/05 @ 20:02
Ben
Ben [Visitor]

By the way, I recently heard that the last ep of ROD had 16 animation directors on it, so I had another look, but the animation directors weren’t listed for some reason. Could very well still be true. Wouldn’t surprise me if there were other instances exceeing 8.

As for Muraki, hopefully that means there’ll be lots of great mecha action. Very curious to see that. I don’t remember ever seeing an episode storyboarded by Muraki… (though he did the 2nd op, of course)

11/13/05 @ 20:08
neovyruz
neovyruz [Member]  

Recently i found Ivan Maximov’s work on one of Studio Pilot’s DVD’s. His work reminds me of Jan Svankmajer’s animations, especially “Darkness light darkness", but i still haven’t seen all of his work.
Anyways, while analyzing the DVD’s content i found an interesting thing, Studio Pilot uses a lot of 1s, not in all of the scenes, but for example a few shorts about the Pilot Brothers have about 3 minutes of 1s. Wonder why?
Is it a statement of the studio’s wish to bring works not only with high quality scripts but also with high quality animation with a specific style? I believe that this answer doesn’t hit the exact spot, I think it’s more of a wish to get the viewers interested in the process of animation itself, because some scenes in The Pilot Brothers carry so much movement that you simply can’t see it all and naturally you receive this wish to analyze it.

06/20/07 @ 15:43